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Saturday, May 05, 2012
Reavers of Harkenwold - Iron Keep maps

As I mentioned in my review, the Reavers of Harkenwold D&D adventure comes with the last maps of the Iron Keep missing. Wizard of the Coast provides these maps only as printed in small in the booklets, or on their website. But they don't look very good when blown up to scale, and they have all the room and encounter numbers printed all over them.

Thus I made maps for the three floors of the Great Tower myself, using Campaign Cartographer 3. The maps are meant to be printed 40 cm wide and 50 cm high to be in 1" = 5' standard scale. On a regular printer that is 2 x 2 pages. You can find the maps I drew here. Tell me what you think!

What is missing from the maps are the arrow slits in the walls. Campaign Cartographer has wall-"cutting" windows and doors, but they were too wide and didn't work all that well with the 5' thick walls of the Great Tower.

Very nice. When I ran this campaign I drew out the maps on some 1" x 1" grid paper, which did the trick.
I like these. I'm always pondering what to do for grids, and I've thought a bit about Campaign Cartographer. How long did it take you to put these together, and how difficult was it?

The learning curve on CC always looks a bit intimidating, so I haven't really looked seriously at it. I'm really curious how you put this together.
Well, the good news is that I made all three maps in one evening, about 1 hour per map. The bad news is that I had to spend quite some time to watch tutorial videos on CC3 to learn how to do it.
I ended up making the maps on transparencies. Tape them over my gridded play mat, draw using permanent coloured markers, put a couple of black dots in the corners for alignment later, and when the players show up, tape the transparencies to the play mat again. Took about an hour total to do the entire castle.
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